See the smoking bowl before us,
Mark our jovial, ragged ring!
Round and round take up the Chorus,
And in raptures let us sing.
– Robert Burns: The Jolly Beggars
January 25th is a special day for Scots and people of Scottish heritage worldwide. Burns Night is the celebration of the famous poet Robert Burns (read more about the artist on Wikipedia). A great advocate of the pleasant pastime of smoking, Burns was a man of the people and thus he has been beloved ever since. A statue of Burns was erected in 1898 at the crossing of Bernard St and Constitution St in Leith to honour his impact on Scottish culture. As January 25th was his birthday, it is traditional on this day to commemorate by having a Burns Supper. This famously consists of haggis, neeps and tatties followed up by a fair amount of liquid cheer. This evening will often be the first opportunity for many since the turn of the year to find a great cigar to pair with the whisky of the evening. To assist you in this important decision we have compiled a small selection of recommendations.
The export blend comprises tobacco from Havana with a Sumatra wrapper leaf. Switzerland’s No.1 Cigar brand. These cigars come box pressed and foil wrapped for guaranteed freshness. This is a great value pack of cigars, perfect for beginners and infrequent smokers. When lit they offer a light to medium-bodied smoke and won’t keep you out in the cold for long.
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Punch is renowned worldwide as one of the best Cuban cigar brands and rightly so. The Petit Coronation is a decent sized small cigar with a slightly rustic edge to its taste. Smooth hints of earth and leather make this cigar lively and rewarding wherever you choose to light it up. Also the handy tube makes it easy to transport, an ideal option if you’re out for dinner. The Petit Coronation will smoke for around 30 minutes.
The latest addition in the range of vitolas offered by Cohiba, the Medio Siglo is a 35-45 minute cigar that offers all the luxury expected of a Cohiba. Short and with a meaty 52 ring gauge, this cigar allows the smoker to instantly get into the rich, bold flavours. Within ten minutes the Medio Siglo will be exuding a fine aroma and building up robust and complex tones of nuts, earth, coco and cedar. A real treat.
A special aged Hermosos No.4 from Hoyo De Monterrey. For a Cuban cigar these are on the mellower side of the spectrum and extra smooth from the aging process they have undergone. Habanos have only released three ‘Anejados’ cigars in the range and this was selected to be one of them. A prestigious acclimation if there ever was one. Just because it is mellow this does not mean its lacking in flavour or character.
An impressive size, larger than a D No.4 and with a 54 ring gauge the Serie E No.2 has been wowing customers since the range released in 2011. Big and bold from the beginning, the length combined with the ring gauge allows the flavours to develop as the cigar progresses. Smooth on the palate with no bitterness this cigar will smoke for upwards of an hour. The cedar lined tube makes this cigar another ideal contender for a night out.
An amazing Corona Gorda from Juan Lopez, the Seleccion No.1 is the most full-bodied of the cigars on this list. An easy draw allows you to sit back and revel in the grandiose taste provided. Subtle toasted pecan undertones with non obtrusive notes of spices such as cinnamon and clove will warm the heart of any Havana lover. At a 46 ring gauge the cigar is not too thick but compensates this with its length. With decades on the market this cigar is truly tried and tested winning multiple acclimations since its release.